Meet the Winklers — PART ONE

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I met Chris in a general sort of way when he was in Orlando for what was then called Training Camp — the orientation program for new Wycliffe missionaries. I got to be a bit more familiar with him when Wycliffe’s President, Bob Creson, invited him to serve in the Offices of the President (OOTP) for a couple of years before heading to an overseas assignment. In those early days I watched Chris (looking a bit uncomfortable in a tie and dress shoes) follow Bob around. I wonder if Chris knows that we sometimes referred to him as Bob’s “mini-me.” Well…he knows now. (Hi Chris!)

Eventually I moved up into the OOTP myself and got to see, first hand, the ways that God was both growing & developing for future service and currently using this man for His purposes. I quickly grew to have great respect and affection for Chris. He’s a person you’re glad to have on your team…to have lead your team.

Within the first few months that we were together in the OOTP, Chris married Christie. This was, in my estimation, further proof of his wisdom.

Fast forward through busy, busy, busy with all sorts of working and the Winklers’ plans to make Nigeria their next ministry home began to take shape. Judah was also taking shape in his mother’s womb.

This video highlights Chris, Christie and Judah’s preparations for the transition from Orlando to Jos.

As you watch it, ask yourself not whether “you could do that or not,” but whether God might be asking you to let go of something in which you’ve put your trust (even unintentionally) in order to trust Him more.

2 thoughts on “Meet the Winklers — PART ONE

  1. Chris W. says:

    Thanks, Ruth, it’s been a privilege to work and grow alongside you over these last several years! Someone spilled the beans about the mini-me tag a while back…but I don’t mind at all. If I were to be a mini-me, Bob was a great person to mini-ize. 🙂

    That tie and dress shoes are still not the most comfortable, but the roles in which I wear them are becoming more familiar. (By the way, I wear dress shoes nearly every day, but I when I want to dress up, I put on sandals. Think I could transfer that bit of culture back to the U.S.?)

  2. Ruth Hubbard says:

    I’m holding out for importing a bit of the Thai culture into our offices — like the one where shoes stay at the door and slippers are worn inside. I like that.

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